Nebraska District Court Vacates Approval of Keystone XL Route

Lincoln, NE–(ENEWSPF)–February 20, 2014.  Yesterday the Lancaster County District Court found that L.B. 1161, which amended state pipeline siting laws to clear the way for Keystone XL, was unconstitutional. The law, which was passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Heineman in 2012, was challenged by three Nebraska landowners.

In response, Ken Winston, Policy Advocate Nebraska Sierra Club issued the following statement:

“In 2012, Governor Heineman worked with pro-oil industry members of the state legislature to give himself the authority to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Today the Supreme Court declared that law unconstitutional and void. This pipeline is a threat to Nebraska landowners and to the Ogallala Aquifer. The governor proved that Keystone XL is also a threat to our democracy. But today the Nebraska District Court put the decision on this dangerous pipeline back into the hands of the people. The Keystone XL pipeline will not be built across Nebraska.”

Source: sierraclub.org